Vancouver, BC – Catalyst Paper's Elk Falls mill at Campbell River continues to be affected by the lingering effects of the coastal fibre strike and the deteriorating US lumber market. These factors have combined to slow the restart of coastal sawmills and constrain fibre supply.
As a result, the Elk Falls No. 1 paper machine, which was curtailed in September due to the strike-related fibre shortage, will remain down for the first quarter of 2008. This will reduce the company's newsprint production by 38,000 tonnes to the end of March.